This teaching was given at the Mahamudra Centre in August and September 2008.
Lojong, which can be translated as “mind training” or “thought transformation,” are techniques and practices emphasized by the Kadampa masters of Tibet. Because they believed in taking the Buddha’s teachings as personal instruction, they developed these practices especially to strengthen our courageous mind of bodhicitta and destroy our selfishness.
In this series of teachings, the fundamental ideas from a classic lojong text, the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation by Langri Tangpa, will be presented. The course will also include instruction in tong-len meditation (giving and taking). The course will also emphasize using the thought transformation teachings in one’s daily life, especially to transform hardships and adversities into the path to awakening. This is the perfect series for people trying to figure out how to integrate the Buddhist teachings with everyday life in this fast-paced early 21st Century. The answer lies in teachings like this!
H.H. The Dalai Lama, who is said to practice tong-len every day, has said of the technique: "Whether this meditation really helps others or not, it gives me peace of mind. Then I can be more effective, and the benefit is immense". It is helpful if students have received some basic Buddhist teachings, especially on the lamrim, or Stages of the Path, prior to attending this course. In order to get the most benefit out of the series, it is helpful to attend every class, although not absolutely necessary.